- April 25, 2008
- For More Information Contact:
- Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
- Deb Weber, Lincoln Arts Council, 434-2787
MAYOR’S ARTS AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Mayor Chris Beutler has announced the winners of the 30th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards to be presented the evening
of Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The event is produced by the Lincoln Arts Council
(LAC), and the presenting sponsor is Union Bank. The awards program formally recognizes artistic contributions and
achievements in the Lincoln area. This year’s awards have been created by jeweler Sydney Lynch, a 2007 Mayor’s Arts
The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The awards will begin at 7 p.m. and will include a video
presentation supervised by Ted Lange of Los Angeles, best known for his role as Isaac on “The Love Boat.” The award
winning actor, playwright and director has performed with the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. Tickets for the event are
$50, and reservations are required. Checks can be sent to LAC at 920 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE 68508. More
information is available by calling 434-ARTS (2787) or on the LAC Web site at www.artscene.org.
- El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Sheldon, a traditional festival celebrating the continuity of life,
will receive the Mayor’s Choice Award. (Sponsored by Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson & Oldfather, L.L.P.)
- The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, which celebrates is 40th season this summer, will receive the Arts
Organization Award. (Sponsored by Runza.)
- Roger Bruhn, a photographer whose work is part of the collections of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, the
Joslyn Art Museum and the Museum of Nebraska Art, will receive the Artistic Achievement Award for Visual Arts.
(Sponsored by Slumberland Furniture.)
- The judges selected two recipients of the Artistic Achievement Award for Youth. Angel M. Geller is a
Southwest High student who mixes her artwork with advocacy. She plans to study photography in college.
(Sponsored by Lucy Buntain Comine in memory of Anne Buntain.) Benito Sanchez is active in the
performing arts at Lincoln High and was awarded an Annenberg Scholarship to study theatre at USC last summer.
(Sponsored by Dr. Gene and Kristen Stohs - Women’s Health Care Center of Williamsburg Village.)
- Becky Van de Bogart, founder of The Third Chair Chamber Players and principal piccolo player with Lincoln’s
Symphony Orchestra, will receive the Artistic Achievement Award for Performing Arts. (Sponsored by Farmers
Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraska.)
- John Scofield, a band teacher in Lincoln schools and founder of the Steel Drum Band PANgea, will receive the
Gladys Lux Education Award. (Endowed by the Gladys Lux Foundation.)
- Douglas Campbell has served on the boards of many arts organizations, including the Nebraska Art Association,
the Lux Center and MEDICI. He will receive the Heart of the Arts Award for outstanding volunteer service.
(Sponsored by Talent Plus, Inc.)
- Mike Seacrest has helped lead many arts organizations and many community projects, such as the recent
renovation of the Sunken Gardens. She will receive the Halcyon Allsman Benefactor of the Arts Award for
significant financial contributions to the arts in Lincoln. (Sponsored by TierOne Bank.)
- The Train was a theatrical collaboration set during the Holocaust and created by the Angels Theatre Company,
The Third Chair Chamber Players and the Lied Center. It will receive the Outstanding Event Award. (Sponsored by
Lincoln Benefit Life.)
- Paul A. Olson, Professor Emeritus of English at UNL and founder of the Center for Great Plains Studies, will
receive the Literary Heritage Award. (Sponsored by the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association.)
- The Sawmill Building at 8th and “S” streets, a warehouse conversion project of developer WRK LLC, will receive
the Larry Enersen Urban Design Award. (Sponsored by The Clark Enersen Partners.)
- James M. Cook has helped to enhance art activities and experiences for children at the Sheldon Museum of
Art, Clinton Elementary and the Lux Arts Center. He will receive the Oliva Family “Arts for Kids” Award, which
honors an individual or organization from outside of the arts professions whose leadership has enhanced arts
activities and experiences for children. (Sponsored by Giacomo and Dorothy Oliva.)
This year’s award judges were Nancy Engin-Wedin, Mike Hillis, Karen Janovy, Danny Ladely, Rhonda Lake, Matt Landis
and Pam Thompson. Betsy Kosier facilitated the judging. The judges selected the award winners in every category
except Mayor’s Choice, Literary Heritage and Urban Design.
The Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony also will include a tribute to those members of the Lincoln arts community who
have died since the last awards ceremony in June 2007. Names may be submitted to LAC.